Two candidates with family ties to the NFL went before voters on Tuesday, and the results were mixed.
Republican Tom Rooney, a nephew of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, easily won re-election to his U.S. House seat from Florida.
Four ex-NFL players were on the ballots in other races: Jon Runyan, a lineman who spent most of his 14 NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, held his New Jersey seat in Congress as a Republican; Clint Didier, once a star tight end for the Redskins, lost his race to become public lands commissioner in the state of Washington; Phil Hansen, a defensive end who played on three Super Bowl teams for the Bills, was in a tight race running as a Republican for the Minnesota Legislature; and Jimmy Farris, a former wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons and the Redskins, ran for a U.S. House seat in Idaho as a Democrat and lost.
In a U.S. House race in Ohio, former Arena Football League owner Jim Renacci, a Republican, was re-elected.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press